NEWS | 04/02/2021The partnership between the two organisation has seen over 20,000 vulnerable minors across Africa, America and Europe benefit.
The link-up has benefited over 20,000 vulnerable minors, children and young people across Africa, America and Europe over the past decade. The partnership was launched in 2010 in Senegal with the opening of the school at Tambacounda. Shortly afterwards, the collaboration extended to America, where a first socio-sporting school was opened in a favela at Jacarezinho in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In 2012, the project spread to Europe with the launch of the socio-sporting schools at Manique and Funchal (Portuagal). The collaboration has now delivered 21 projects across 14 countries.
These schools have catered for 4,000 youngsters this season, using educational sport and its values as a catalyst for social improvement within the communities. The director of Misiones Salesianas commented that, “The success of these 10 years of collaboration owes to the key factors: sharing common values such as effort and teamwork and the willingess to help children and young people living in really vulnerable situations through education and sport”.
For his part, Butragueño expressed his thanks to Misiones Salesianas: “We’ve benefited from a lot of sponsorship and support over the past 10 years. It’s so important for us to be able to count on the solid educational foundations and care for the most vulnerable offered by the Misiones Salesianas. You’re our eyes and hands on the ground and you’ve always placed great importance on sport within education”. Butragueño recalled the visits he himsefl has made to some of the projects, as well as the charity matches staged to fund the initiatives.
To mark the anniversary, the two organisation have launched a creative competition entitled Cambia las Reglas (Change the Rules) which with, as Muñoz explained, “We want to bring the Salesianas educational community closer to the socio-sporting projects and for them to support them, but, above all, we want them to see that we can change the world by changing the rules, swapping selfishness for solidarity, individualism for teamwork and cooperation and self-absorption for respect”. Some 60,000 pupils enrolled at Salesianas schools across Spain have 10 weeks to enter the competition, which is split into three categories, according to age and project type.